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The L5 is pressing on S1 PLEASE HELP

edited 05/18/2013 - 2:39 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi everyone my name is Adrian I’m 28 I’ve been in pain for over two years. So far I’ve tried physiotherapy , chiropractors. I do exercises to strengthen my core and back muscles I swim twice a week and non of it is helping. It’s OK when I’m walking not so good when I’m sitting and laying down. I haven’t lay on my back for over two years. I sleep on the sight with a pillow between my legs. It takes about two hours before I get in to a comfortable position. Is there somebody with a similar problem?? What should I do will it ever get better????

The L5/S1 disc height is narrowed and the disc is of reduced signal. There is a posterior laterl broad based left side disc protrusion which compresses the left S1 nerve root in the lateral recess. The herniated disc is of modest size . The rest of the lumbar discs are normal


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    Have you seen a board certified ortho or neuro spine surgeon since the MRI? It might be worthwhile to seek out an opinion of one or the other, or better yet both to see what their opinions are. If they think that surgery is necessary, they can make recommendations and if not, they can suggest other therapies to help ease the pain. If you read under the conditions link above and the treatment options link , there is alot of information available to help you understand what the options and suggestions might be .
  • Kiki48KKiki48 Posts: 196
    edited 05/18/2013 - 1:47 PM
    I am no expert on this at all. Since you've been in pain for a long time I was wondering if you have had an MRI done. If so have you had an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon look at it? I'm sure someone with more knowledge and experience on the spine than I will come along shortly. Hang in there!

  • Time to see a spine specialist. Hope you can get an appointment and the appropriate treatment/pain relief soon. Keep us updated.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • terror8396tterror8396 Posts: 1,832
    edited 05/18/2013 - 5:29 PM
    just wondering how you knew you had these affictions if you have not had an mri? it sounds like you quoted an mri but you did not state that you had one. did you and when did you have it and if you did your doctor should have recommended something such as treatments or meds.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • I did have an MRI what I’ve quoted is actually an MRI result. My GP did send me to a specialist but he told me there is nothing he can do about it and that this isn’t serious enough etc. I don’t think he even believed me that I was in pain. Straight after that I went to a chiropractor. There was some difference at the beginning but now I’m back to square one .
  • Jon I had my MRI done on the 24.02.2012
  • Kiki48KKiki48 Posts: 196
    edited 05/19/2013 - 12:30 AM
    Hi again, I know this is a pain in the you know where. I would get a second opinion. Search and read different posts on this site too. There is alot of good info on here from folks who have experienced many things regarding the spine. Doctors don't always see something on an MRI or the same thing. I'll be sending a PM in the next 24 hours. Hang in there!

  • you need an orthopedic or neurosurgeon not a gp and a chiropractor is useless if it is structural pain. they won't help at all with disc issues. if you have had numerous people saying they don't day anything, then there might be another issue that causes your pain
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • Just a thought, the best option when it comes to treating back pain is not your Primary doctor. They are only trained in general medicine, which means for all of the normal everyday health concerns, they are pretty good at managing those type of conditions and for accidents, and acute injuries, but when it comes to spinal pain, especially when there are findings on a MRI or CT scan or other testing, it is far beyond what they are there to treat.
    Look under your insurance website for a board certified ortho or neurosurgeon who specialty is spine surgery. Now, seeing one does not mean that you need surgery but they are in the best position to give you some idea of what the findings on the MRI mean or don't mean in regards to what treatment options would be recommended for you.
    Too often patients rely on their GP for these things when they are not the best option for what is going on.........you can also try a physiatrist who specializes in the spine if you don't want to see a surgeon.
    As far as the chiropractor goes, if the disc is herniated, then having adjustments and manipulations is not a good idea. I did that, and it resulted in my needing surgery emergently......so I would suggest that you stop visiting the chiropractor until you have consulted with a surgeon.
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